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a gruesome find along the banks of a local creek. body parts wash ashore. police unsure who or what they came from. forced from their homes. a high-rise evacuated because of an early morning fire. and close call at a local nursing home. a car nearly plows right through the wall.
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good morning, everyone, and welcome to "news 4 today." i'm keith garvin. it is sunday, september 6th. we want to get right to the forecast. meteorologist chuck bell is up in storm center 4. chuck, good morning. >> good morning there, keith, and good sunday morning, everybody. you're up nice and early, before the sun is even up this morning. congratulations. that's lot to say on a holiday weekend. outside right now, beautiful morning in place. mostly clear skies over washington. our current temperature 66 here in town. near 70, though, by the bay in annapolis it's 69 degrees. 65 at andrews air force base in prince george's county. 65 at dulles airport. 5, though n frederick, maryland. dew point temperatures that the 60s so as a result there's not a lot of difference between temperature and dew point. frederick, maryland, down to 1/3 of a mile of visibility. culpepp culpepper, virginia, one mile of visibility down there. pretty good visibility here around town. for the most part we're going to start off with plenty of sunshine today, but that east to
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northeasterly wind is going to put more and more of the ocean air in place and that will cloud up our skies just a bit. highs today only going to be in the low to mid-80s around the area with increasing numbers of clouds, but still no major threat for rainfall today, keith. we'll detail our increasing rain chances, which are coming up quickly, coming up in the seven-day. >> we'll be looking forward to that, chuck, thank you. we are following a developing story this morning. police in maryland are investigating a disturbing recovery, remain posmably p ndmaal gon the banksks of a creek. it started when a man fou a ot in bfosd ehehinhe t pasadena area of anne arundel county. darcy spencer that's story. >> rorter: it was a bizarre and startling discovery along cocky creek in anne arundel county about an hour northeast of washington. police say it's possible that human remains were found along the shoreline, two feet and part of an arm, including a wrist. >> obviously, very serious situation that is being investigated as a possible homicide. we don't have an idea at this
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time as to who the individual is. >> reporter: but now police are having second thoughts about the discovery. they say the medical examiner will have to determine ifhey belong to a human or animal, possibly a bear. around 7:15 this morning, one water front homeowner found a severed foot along the beach. then nearly three hours later, a neighbor finds a second foot floating in the creek near his home. two and a half hours later, a natural resources officer found what appeared to be an arm. there was a massive search for additional remains. >> the anne arundel county police helicopter searched from above. we had the anne arundel county fire department use sight scan radar to search under the water. >> reporter: police say they have no idea who or what the remains belong to. they've been taken to the medical examiner's office for forensic testing. >> the ish issue of missing persons is certainly an obvious one and one that will be top of the investigator's list. there is no one specific person that is being sought at this mind that comes to mind as a potential vick him here, but
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again something that will certainly be a first priority for investigators. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4. >> a fairfax county firefighter is among three people hurt when a fire ripped through a high-rise building. it broke out around 1:00 this morning on the seventh floor of the towers on morning side. that's an apartment complex on manitoba drive in alexandria. firefighters evacuated more than 60 units on three floors. they say it took an impressive effort to put t fire out. >>ent to a second alarm. that brought over 60 firefighters on the scene, with assistance from alexandria city as well. >> investigators still do not know what caused that fire. and flames have also damaged an office park in prince george's county. the two-alarm fire broke out just before 1:30 this morning in the 7100 block of allentown road in ft. washington. it took about 45 firefighters to bring the flames under control. no one was hurt. he loved art and wanted to share that with others, but he
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will never get the chance. friends and family gathered to remember a d.c. man murdered last week. salim hilton's funeral took place. he was shot to death while visiting friend ms ithe mt. ver orn area. the day before he died he achieved one of his lifelong goals. he was hired as a public school art teacher. police have not made any arrests. the search continues for the suspect in friday night's stabbing at nationals park. officials say one concession worker stabbed another in the chest. police searched every exit of the stadium, even sent a chopper up, but the suspect got away. the victim is expected to be okay. a close call at an annandale nursing home yesterday afternoon. three people were injured when a car crashed into the golden living center on columbia pike. you can see the car hit a ground level unit, smashing the window. fairfax county investigators say the driver of the car and two
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people inside the nursing home were taken to the hospital. they are all expected to be okay. at least three people have drowned and more than 800 terrified passengers were rescued after a ferry accident early this morning. a ferry sank in the southern philippines. many people on board had been sleeping at the time and right now dozens, almost 90 people, are still missing in the water. a massive rescue effort is under way. most of those rescued were taken to industrial ships nearby, then brought back to shore. some good news in the fight against wildfires in california. part of the raging station fire is now under control. firefighters say they've contained about 50% of the massive fire north of los angeles. crews say the flames are no longer a threat to nearby communities since they are moving east into a large wilderness area. in the meantime, investigators are trying to figure out who started the wildfire which has killed two firefighters and destroyed at least 76 homes. governor arnold schwarzenegger
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announced the state is offering a $100,000 reward to find the person responsible. some metro employees are hard at work on this labor day weekend, completingajor track work before people head back to work on tuesday morning. three stations are closed because of the repairs, including the stop at reagan national airport. metro chose this weekend for the closures because the agency says labor day tends to be one of its quietest weekends of the year. it is also offering shuttle service to and from the airport. passengers are giving the service mixed reviews. >> it's a lot better than i expected it. i was kind of expecting a longer wait at the metro station, but the buses were pretty routinely on schedule. >> the subway doesn't start until 7:00 on saturdays. you think it starts at 7:00. actually the train doesn't get there until 7:25 at your stop. you're already 25 minutes late at that point. then you have to get off and change. >> well, metrogests you add at least 45 minutes to your ride if you have to take the train
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through the area with the closed stations. time now 6:07, 66 degrees outside. next, a look at sports and chuck will be back with the full weekend holiday forecast.
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well, a beautiful weekend just continues. we don't have a problem with that. >> we don't. no problems with good weather on the weekend, but there is going to b a little bit more of a trick coming into the forecast. not so much for today but as we get into tomorrow, that east to northeasterly wind, it's getting to be that time of year when you don't trust the east to northeasterly wind because that means more in the way of cud cover for us. that is exactly what's going to be happening as we get into tomorrow. be ready for more clouds today than yesterday. more clouds tomorrow than today. a little chance for some showers showing up on your labor day forecast for places both east and west of washington. so, makes a lot of difference for a lot of folks who are planning on getting outside and enjoying some great outdoor space on a holiday weekend. sunrise still about 30 minutes away in our eastern sky.
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as you can see there, skies over washington are mostly clear on this fine sunday morning. 66 is our current temperature. dew point 60. light north wind at 5. sunset's today at 7:30 p.m. doesn't set at 7:30 or later u next year. >> oh. >> those days, they are getting shorter out there, no doubt about it. 55 in frederick, maryland this morning. 57 in manassas. 62 in martinsburg. down into southern maryland, temperatures generally in the low to mid-60s first thing this morning. this the ground clutter around the washington area but there are a few lonely sprinkles now just on the north side of charlesville, almost right on top of monday till cello there, thomas jeffersos house. that's the only shower we have out there this morning. 95% of the area will stay dry today. the only spots that might have a little chance for a shower, down toward charlottesville, west of blue ridge, southern parts of the shenandoah valley. be on lookout.
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chance of a light mountain shower today with that increasing amount of cloud cover, thanks to that eastly wind. this ripple of low pressure will sneak up the coast tomorrow so tomorrow outside chances for rain again in the mountains and also a little chance for some showers for you folks headed out to the beaches for your labor day. so be ready for that. today, skies go from mostly clear now over to partly sunny by later on this afternoon and again a slight chance at a shower or two, but that's going to be just about it. most of us will stay dry today. cooler, though, highs upper 70s to near 80 degrees. here's the all-important seven-day forecast. 84 today. that's nice. 79 tomorro but with plenty of clouds around the area for tomorrow. but again i still think most of us right around town here stay dry tomorrow. best chances of rain on holiday again in the mountains and out at the beaches and another best chance, i think, for rain here in the washington area late tuesday into wednesday. this is not a lot of rain. is this 0.1 of an inch or less.
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>> we won't let that ruin the holiday weekend. >> if you don't have to go to work that's a good day. >> in sports this morning, the redskins select their roster. dan hellie has more in your sports minute. >> good morning, everybody, your sports minute begins with the redskins. the skins trimmed their roster to the final 53. there were some surprises. some local guys made the team. free agent edwin williams out of maryland makes the squad. byron westbrook who also played his high school ball just like williams makes the squad. and marcus mason from georgetown prep makes the final 53. the redskins cut chase daniels. they put colt brennan on the injured reserve. to college football. the terps out in california taking on the cal golden bears. the terps got down early bay couple of scores and they failed to rally. maryland falls in berkeley, california. navy traveled to columbus, ohio, to take on ohio state, and
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the mids almost pulled off the upset. they had a chance to tie the game with under 3 minutes to go. all they needed was a two-point conversion. instead, ricky dobbss intercepted and brian roll takes it all the way back the other way for a two-point score. the buckeyes win 31-27 over navy. in baseball, the nats lose again. yes, it's their eighth in a row. livan hernandez gave up six in five innings. the nationals lose to the marlins. that's your sports minute. i'm dan hellie. everybody have a great day. >> it is now 6:15, 66 degrees outside. next up on nbc 4, "reporter's notebook." we'll be back with all the day's news and the forecast in about 15 minutes. good morning, everybody, and welcome to "reporter's notebook." i'm jim handly. we've got a lot to get to today, guys, so let's talk about this heat on metro again.
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labor day closures throughout the weekend. it has to do with notification and who was informed. >> apparently there was an e-mail trail that dates back some weeks that indicated there would be some shutdowns during this holiday season. there was never specific pronouncement as far as what we know right now that those three metro stations that are airport accessible would be closed during this period. now, metro says this is the slowest time of year. track maintenance has to be done so it makes sense to do it at a time when there's lower ridership. however, there's been some complaints among skon stit went says, and i think politicians perhaps are responding to those complaints. >> some of those in the jurisdiction say they didn't give enough warning. they didn't get enough warning, that they can't prepare enough. but they probably are taking some heat from the folks back home because they want to use metro over the holiday. it's a big holiday. it may be kind of a nonactive traffic day in many ways, but
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for public transit, i think it's pretty heavy. but you got to make a decision. they have to make sure the tracks are fine. they've had a recent horrible experience. they thought this was the right weekend. many people think they chose the wrong weekend. >> wrong weekend or not, it will always be an inconvenience because, numt one, we're not talking about a station on the outer skirts of town. we're talking about three major stations. >> national rport, one, so -- >> exactly. national airport, pentagon, and that whole area of northern virginia where you have an awful lot of traffic. so, metro felt that, as catoe said on one of the local stations, he said that we have to do it on a weekend when there's less travel. but his back is up against the wall because now congress is in this. not only local leaders but two congressmen have come out -- in fact, three congressmen. >> conley is one of them. >> conley is one. they've come out and said, well, you know, they shouldn't have -- they should have gotten better
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warnings. this will affect a lot of businesses, some leaders are worried about. businesses in crystal city area. crystal city area. and not only businesses, but you take people who have been planning that last getaway for the weekend, and they take the -- they take the metro to national airport or ronald reagan airport as they call it and that's it. >> let's stay in virginia and a rough week for robert mcdonnell, the republican running for governor. comments he made in his 30s when he was getting his master's/law degree regarding women. tell us about these comments and what kinds of -- pardon the pun -- legs does this story have? >> it could be very, very serious for him. this was a dissertation he wrote to get his law, believe, and another degree. >> it was a masters. >> masters degree, that's right. and it really -- you wonder why this hasn't raised -- he's had a long career. you wonder why this has never come up fore, but apparently
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in some offhand remark about this being -- that rewrote something about social issues or social policies, a post reporter pursued it further and got it. and now opponents of him say that it's a disaster, that it shows that he's against women, that he's against most modern -- many modern social issues. he's on the wrong side of it. it shows, in the paper that he wrote, he is not pleased that women will be allowed to go out and get work. he doesn't think that government subsidies for women and child care is a good idea. then they'll leave the home and work and hurt marriage. he's against allowing contraception for unwed couples. he is -- he takes several other social issues -- >> homosexuality. >> homosexuality comes up. and it just -- it's something that he says now he has, in effect, changed his mind on. he out thes his wife and his daughters who are -- both of careers and are working. he apparently doesn't have any
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problem with that. of course, it's very staunchly anti-abortion which reflects his catholic christian principles, it says. the evidence is he hasn't changed on that. the question is, how has he governed? people wilhave to look at his record as opposed to what he said 20 years ago. >> did he act on those views? >> right. >> and would he now? >> i think that the -- it could be serious in that 54% of the virginia electorate are women. he says in this thesis that at age 34 -- he's not a kid here. he's 34 years old, working on an advanced degree who says women are detrimental to the stability of the workforce being outside the home. that's a very, very serious charge. now, on the other side of this matter, you have tosay, well, if that be so, what is in his record sips he was 34 to
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indicate he has had a change in his view? so far, nobody has come up specifically except as dave has pointed out, there are still issues that parallel that he wrote. >> are these quotes that are going to be popping up in tv commercials? >> oh, yeah. >> that are going to resonate and just become -- tack over the campaign? >> he has to hope this is not a macaca moment as george allen had in his senatorial campaign, basically wrecked his career. he's doing some stuff in energy and environment now. >> it's not direct name-calling. >> you don't think saying that a woman should be in the kitchen and barefoot is calling her names? >> i not making any less importance of it. i'm simply saying one was a direct name-call. this is just as bad, you're right. but i'm more concerned about the location here of where these remarks are going to play in to. for instance, northern virginia, i think he's on shaky ground in northern virginia because here you have a large female fop lags, a hard working woman population, plus you have a
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strong gay population in northern virginia. whereas in the southern part of virginia, you have a lot of conservative thinking that may, you know, i won't say they'll endorse it but they would be a little more lenient toward it. >> before this week he was doing well in polls. are we likely to see a shift in the next polling? >> he was. in fact, they were so concerned about his position that creigh deeds' folks got out and touted his abortion stance in hopes of reviving their campaign. he is anti-abortion right ses s they felt that would be a way to go. he says himself as attorney general he will respect the law, enforce the law. the law on abortion is very clear. >> he can say that, but, dave, it goes one, two, three, four, five. if you count it all together. we're talking about a conservative candidate running for governor of virginia. and this is another conservative attitude that has come out that has been -- what has emerged.
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>> but, jerry, you make a point, though, for a certain constituency those -- those positions are going to be very popular and received for better or worse. >> exactly. >> and the connection to regent university, i believe that's pat robertson's? >> it was. it had another name. we'll beack and shift over the river and talk about issues in the district on "reporter's notebook." so stick around. it
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welcome back to "reporter's notebook." we're talking about top nicks the district right now and the issue of same-sex marriage really on two fronts. dave, you were explaining during the break that we're talking out perhapa ballot initiative or referendum a also a council vote. what's happening? >> well, a couple of things have happened that have really enlivened the conversation this week. first of all, congressman david catania, a gay member of the -- avowed gay member of the
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council, had a bill passed this fall that will permit gay marriages in the click of bum aa. same-sex marriages in the district of columbia. at the time, opponents of that have tried to have a referenda question put on the ballot that would determine that all marriages would be between a man and a woman. they've had some trouble because there's something in the d.c. law that says you can't have a referendum that discriminates against people. if you go ahead with a referendum outlas vegas so-called same six marriages that would discriminate against gays. they've pushed back once, they'll fight it in the courts against. now the catholic archbishop has gotten into the fight, issuing a statement -- re-issuing the church's opposition to same-sex marriage, putting out information to all of his priests in all of the parishes in the diocese making this a big issue as to how churches stand and move on it. >> that's what's so surprising,
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why the archbishop would come out with the statement. i mean, it -- like phil mendelson on the d.c. council said, everybody knows the position of the catholic church on this issue so why the archbishop took -- wanting to put a statement out there to his priests, they should already know what the position of the church. >> the question here -- pardon me for inrrupti, but i should have added, the question is why he made such a big, broad-based p.r. position here. he could have simply restated the position in a homily or whatever. >> well, we're obviously seeing politics at play here from the various constituencies. >> exactly. >> this group that filed for permission to have the referendum on the ballot, apparently, there were only eight people in this group and they were led by bishop harry jackson who is not a resident of the district. his church is not in the district. he's the maryland pastor. that having been said, they want
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language that says women -- with men -- same-sex will not be allowed to mayor r in the district. as dave pointed out, the human rights act of the district of columbia prohibits legislation against any protected case and gays are a protected class. >> if the council does vote on catania's bill, congressional oversight, where does that come in? >> that's the biggest elephant in the room. any law passed by the district faces congressional view. if a majority decides it's a bad law they can vote it on it. the forerunner of this is when the district recognized other states' moves on same-sex marriages. congress made no -- there were no growls. there were no speeches. i don't remember any one-minute speeches where they can get on the floor and talk, but -- >> i was going to s it's surprising that only bishop jackson and the archbishop, the
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only two people i've heard from the religious community really speaking out on this whole issue. >> the mainstream protestant churches haven't moved. many mainstream protestant churches at least on some level have said gay marriages already. >> such a secular issue. i just don't understand why the catholic church had to get involved. >> i will -- we do recall there were some rauk us a city council hearings in the spring when the issue was on the floor. there have been other pastors that have spoken up in these hearings, but again there's no large coalition. there's no one really out front of this except the arch diocese and jackson. >> let's talk about crime in the district. crime in the district, police chief cathy lanier this week was talking about homicides, on track to be under 100 for the year. crime down over the summer with the economy and warm months, people were expecting to see a spike.
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didn't see that. she has something to be proud of, she was saying this week. >> she can be proud. i don't know about the homicides. i've heard the same reports. but if you talk to people in the neighborhoods, and that's who i always talk to, people in the neighborhoods, people in the neighborhoods are very concerned about 911 calls to get police response and support. and the biggest problem that most people are facing in the shore area, on capitol hill, in columbia heights definitely and around georgetown -- >> trinidad. >> and morgan, those areas are heavily hit with muggings. people being mugged on the streets an awful lot. so i don't know whether you talk about homicides but crime in the district is still live individual. >> still concerned about crime, there's no question about that. the statistics are good but not great. it shows things aren't as bad as we thought they were going to be over the summer and perhaps maybe there's been a stablization, more community policing, more community programs, maybe the economic
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situation isn't that bad in the district as it might be elsewhere. for a variety of reasons things look good right now. this certainly no reason for people to coast easy. >> when we measure the success of a chief of police, we use statistics. if they're poor, the chief is under fire. if there's an improvement, the chief takes credit. they've done all hands on deck. they've to summer emergency which they were roundly poo-pooed for the very idea, well, you know that summer's coming. why do you have to wait to announce this initiative in july? but again, the numbers are down but there is some concern about this georgetown cuddler fellow who she says she doesn't like the idea of -- >> of using that name. >> that kinder, gentler description of a sexual battery who's climbing into beds of the college students. >> who is the georgetown cuddler? >> that's for another day. we are out of time so we're going to have to leave it there. gentlemen, thank you.
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>> thank you. >> enjoyed the conversation this morning. thank you for watching "reporter's notebook." enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody. now back to "news 4 today." crime scene or curiosity. what disturbing find one man made along the banks of a local creek. fire in the sky. flames force dozens of people out of a high-rise building. and metro said changes this holiday weekend would not create labor pains, but what are travelers saying? good morning, everyone. welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm keith garvin. we want to check back in with chuck bell for a look at the forecast. >> good sunday morning, everybody. it is off to a very pleasant start here in the washington area. our skies are mostly clear this
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morning around town. temperatures in the city are in the mid-60s. it's in the mid to upper 60s alongside the bay but a lot of 50s on the map once again, frederick, maryland, in the 50s. winchester, manassas, culpepper all down into the 50s this morning. dale city 59 degrees. springfield 60 on the nose. dew points are also upper 50s to near 60. there is a little bit of patchy fog and reduced visibility. culpepper, virginia, visibility 2 1/2 miles. less than a mile in frederick, maryland. four miles in springfield, virginia. our forecast for today, i think the early morning sun will burn o off what little fog there is. some clouds coming in this afternoon. dry and pleasant with a high of 84. clouds are on the increase for tomorrow. >> thank you. a disturbing discovery in anne arundel county. severed body parts found on the banks of a creek. police initially said the remains were human but have since said they may be from an animal, possibly a bear. a medical examiner will make
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that determination. yesterday's discovery along cocky creek about an hour northeast of washington set off a massive search. >> the anne arundel county police helicopter searched from above. we had the anne arundel county fire department use side scan radar to search under the water. >> police say they are looking through missing person's records but so far they have not been ableo determine the identity of who or what the remains came from. a long night for dozens of alexandria residents. a fire in the high-rise apartment building they live in forced them from their homes. 66 units on three floors were evacuated. it broke out around 1:00 this morning at the towers at morningside on manitoba drive. three people, including a firefighter, suffered minor injuri injuries. as we've been warning you, if you're taking metro to reagan national this weekend, plan to add some time to your trip. the station is closed as crews complete major but necessary track repairs. derrick ward reports some travellers learned about how
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much extra time they'd need the hard bay. >> labor day weekend. >> reporter: not so fast. this traveler's trip became an order see as soon as she left home. >> the subway doesn't start until 7:00 on saturday. the train doesn't get there until 7:25 another your stop. you're already 25 minutes late at that point. then you have to get off and change. >> reporter: translation, she missed her flight. another commuter missed her start time at work despite shuttle buses that were supposed to ferry rail riders around closed stations. >> got off the train at 10:00 at the pentagon and we watched all the buses leave, leave, king street, braddock road, pentagon, but nothing coming to the airport. i had to be here at 10:30. when i got here, i was late. >> reporter: shuttles did begin arriving as the morning progressed and some passengers were impressed with how smoothly the process went. >> it was a lot better than i expected it. i was kind of expecting a longer wait at the metro station, but the buses were pretty routinely on schedule. >> reporter: metro's replacing
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2,000 feet of track and they'ree doing other infrastructure es othe bluend yel aw line, closing reagan national, pentagon city and crystal city stations. there were plenty of employees on hand to direct riders, most of whom didn't seem to mind. >> running perfectly on time. there were less trouble. it was okay. >> reporter: metro has undergone criticism over the holiday weekend closings but they say they saved more than $1 million in overtime fees and more than 150 days in single-tracking and that ridership is relatively light this time of year. at reagan national airport, derrick ward, news 4. >> outrage over a dog tossed ylard, frederick, man bridgeyl h led to ak frgsasnimar lovers a overll the world. the dog's name was zoe oh. david beers confessed to stealing zoend throwin ag throw over a bridge after an argument
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with her owners. a petition is circulating the internet requesting beers do some time in jail. so far, nearly 400 have signed the petition from places as farn away as brazil, germany and australia. police in montgomery county need your help finding a misng poman who may need now. w.no olivia ro f alzheimer's. theye4- 7ar-old sil s er4-ing residentinee sce bneeince s is 4'11", 011 shsas last seen wearing s,an a loevnghi-s wweedle ste ser and tennis shoes. earedu er ask t cylarealedlonertg myoom erom y county police if you have any information about her whereabouts. this next story will make you think twice about eating sweets. a virginia woman says she got more than ice cream when she bought a cone at mcdonald's this week. she says there was blood in her ice cream. the woman bought the ice cream t a mcdonald's on garrett drivn frederick news post. the alth department investigated and it turns out a
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caie cr dishath hut finger. h mcdonald's offered to have the employee tested for illness and mc tony af the woman's me dicalnyexpenses. she said she was not interested in money. step one of president obama's environmental advisers is stepping down. van jones resigned over controversy over statements he has made in the past over republicans and 9/11. jones' name reportedly appeared on a 2004 petition asking for investigations into whether high level government officials allowed the september 11th attacks to occur. he said he doesn't agree with the petition. jones specialized in green jobs on the white house council of environmenca be too w watch "meet the fn aor f n a exclusive interview with senior dvis aerid daveiser a david axelead id honlth care, h former new yorkayorud ry ulia,orni fr n formeew yk congressman harold ew,rd tom friedman n ok brokaw will discuss t
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ac yea igrs e of 9/11 eight years telar. it- ssrt -ig e -- eight years later. starts at 10:30 here on news 4. health care the topic of the day on "meet the press." this week it will be back in the spotlight. the president is getting ready for a big week ahead. some members of his own party are pressuring him not to surrender on a public option but others are looking to compromise and get a bill passed before it's too late. brian moore has the story. >> reporter: the fight over health care is about to shift from the home front -- >> we need affordable us health care. >> reporter: back to the trenches in washington as lawmakers wind down their summer break. president obama is getting ready for a new public offensive leading up to his address to a joint session of congress on wednesday. white house press secretary robert gibbs tells cnbc's john harwood it's a chance to sell his plan to the house, the senate and the american people. >> we're going to use wednesday to pull together all the different parts of the plans that are out there. and start this final push to get
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something done this year. >> reporter: the president is facing immense pressure from both sides. democrats demanding a public option and republicans who insist his plans are dangerously expensive. >> it's mplicated. it's convoluted. it's quite simply not going to work. it's time to press the reset button. >> reporter: the senate finance committee's bipartisan gang of six ended the week with a 90-minute conference call but couldn't break the log jamming. afterward, chairman max baucus said he was, quote, committed to getting health care done, done soon and done right. hinting he's ready to move on with or without republican help. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >> the white house denies a report that it is writing its own health care bill, but there are indications the president is about to get more directly involved. time now 6:39. 66 degrees outside. still ahead on "news 4 today," a heisman hopeful side lined. chuck bell does not want to hear
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that news. and virginia tech in a top ten showdown. did the hokies have enough to beat bama? sports is on the way. and these guys have a job you do not want. they are playing tag at sea, but it's not as fun as it sounds. stay with us.
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scientists hunting the hunter at sea. take a look at this. they electronically tagged two great white sharks off the coast of massachusetts for the very first time. the sharks were spotted yesterday near cape cod. a harpooner tagged the sharks with help from local shark expes. now they will be able to track the sharks. state officials have warned swimmers to take extra precautions in the ocean this weekend. good advice. this coming week will feel shorter thanks to the labor day holiday but it will be a big week for president obama, apple and the beatles. bill griffeth has a look ahead in the world of business. >> reporter: thanks to labor day, the coming week will be a short one on wall street, but tuesday cakes off a very big week on the m nation's capitol. congress gets back to washington and back to work. look for health care reform to be front and have on the agenda. also new supreme court justice sonia sotomayor receives a formal inn investigate at this tour ceremony into the nation's highest court. president obama makes a back to school address to the nation's children on taking personal responsibility for
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their success in school. and on wednesday, the president delivers a prime time speech to congress and the nation on health care. then on thursday, the nfl season officially gets under way with the pittsburgh steelers hosting the tennessee titans on nbc, by the way. and it will be a light week for economic news with reports on consumer credit, new jobless claims and consumer sentiment. opec meets in austria this week. the cartel is not expected to cut oil production, trying to raise prices, at least not right now. april several expected to reveal a new ipod on wednesday. apple could begin selling beatles songs, finally. apple and emi will release the entire beatles catalog on a digitally remastered cd. and the rock band video game finally goes on sale. i'm bill griffeth. get all your business news on cnbc, now celebrating its 20th
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year. >> we go from beatle mania to holiday mania. a lot of people are happy about the holiday weekend forecast. >> looking pretty good around the area for a lot of folks. it will be one of those things. sunshine giving way to clouds, giving way to rain. you know the routine. the complete check of the forecast coming up er o loop.
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♪ >> all right. well, thousands turned out for the 21st annual d.c. blues festival yesterday. they jammed the day away at the carter baron amphitheater. several local and national blues bands played. this year's festival featured acts like -- there you go -- little man getting his groove on. eddie turner was there and michael hill's blues mob. that was a nice way to pass the weekend. >> my soul is doing time. that now sums up my college football season. >> you guys took a pretty big
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hit yesterday. >> tough. maryland took it on the chin. uva on the chin from william & mary. nevada. >> we took it on the chin. took it everywhere. >> what a tough day yesterday was. the good news is today is another day. the sun is still going to come out and shine, and you -- most v to go to work tomorrow so that's a good thing. there is some good news to be found out there. you just have to dig a little harder and a little deeper to find it after your team takes one on the chin like that. outside this morning, there you go. that will get your mood up a little bit. a gorgeous sunrise in our eastern sky over washington. 66 our current temperature. a light north breeze at 5 miles per hour. the days, oh, they are getting shorter. our sunset's today at 7:30 p.m. it won't set at 7:30 or later again until april the 1st of next year. so, those short days of fall are moving on in. 55 right now in frederick, maryland. 57 in manassas. 59 in culpepper. there is one lonely shower right here just to the west of
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culpepper. western culpepper county, madison, green county, one lonely little sprinkle out there. it's drifting up to the north. it's not going to live too much longer here but it may make night the southeastern parts of culpepper county. keep you posted on that. by and large, 95% of us will stay dry today so keep that in mind. 66 here in town. 63 in raleigh. 70 degrees in atlanta right now. satellite picture, high pressure building down out of southern canada moving out over the portions of new york and new england. as that high pressure strengthens and intensifies and takes a grip on the weather patterns around here, will pick up a northeast and eventually an easterly wind. that will cool things down. it will add cloud cover into the forecast as well for today. more clouds for monday as well as this area of low pressure skirts right up the coastline. could see one or two more showers out in the southern shenandoah valley today and then tomorrow, on labor day, another chance for showers and the high spots west of town. maybe a chance for a sprinkle or
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two along the coastline as well. but by and large, most of today and tomorrow will be dry for most of us. so for your sunday, a good looking day. ol erco,,hsighs o teakt mo i70s to low 80 out to the beach today, today will be far ihe t better day at the beaches. highs today upper 70s to near 80, maybe a sprinkle on labor day at the beach. if you're going to be on the chesapeake bay, today will be your better sailing day than tomorrow. a little bit choppy tomorrow. here in washington i think our light rain chances start to pick back up as we g into tuesday and wednesday afternoon so that's after everybody's back to work and school so that's all that matters. relatively pleasant weather to finish out the week and go into nextweekend. >> sounds good, sir. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> in sports the redskins make some moves and the return of college football. dan hellie has this morning's sports highlights. >> good morning, everybody. final cuts were yesterday for the redskins. they decided to go with just two quarterbacks on the roster, at least for now. colt bren in an placed on injured reserve for the season
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with a variety of injuries. chase daniel was released. he could come back on the practice squad. the redskins will enter the regular season with just jason campbell and todd collins on the active roster. as for the other roster moves, sean suisham won the kicking battle, beating out dave rainer. he helped his cause with a 48-yard field goal against jacksonville. last year, suisham had the worst percentage in the nfl. there were surprises who made the roster. they were local guys. number 50 is ein william, a former terp. he makes the team because of his versatility on the offensive line. how about 34, cornerback, byron westbrook, also played at the mass. he made the final 53 after two years on the skin's practice squad. then there's marcus mason, the georgetown prep grad makes the team as well but that wasn't really a huge surprise. most of the talk yesterday about
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the skins' decision to only keep two quarterbacks on the roster. vinny serato explains. >> we just felt like we would put one on the practice squad and we needed to carr-- basically, we put a tenth lineman on for that extra quarterback or you can say we put marcus mason on for the quarterback. but, you know, there's 25 slots and you have to go somewhere and you want to put your best 25, you know, on there. that's what we felt like we did. >> all right. that's vinny. folks, it could be a long season for the university of virginia, upset in their opener by william & marry 26-14. meanwhile, navy almost pulled off an upset of epic proportions. the mids in columbus, ohio, for the first time since 1931, and they put a huge scare into the buckeyes. navy head coach, a 21-point underdog. he would need quarterback ricky dobbs to play well to even have
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a chance, and dobbs was doing it. in the fourth, dobbs hooking up with marcus curry and this one is going the distance. 85 yards for the score. the third longest pass play in navy history. dobbs had two touchdown passes on the day. navy quarterbacks threw six, all of last year. so navy back in the game 29-21. under 3 minutes to go now. here he is again. dobbs keeping it himself, right up the middle. 24-yard touch. they need a two-point conversion to tie the game at 29. are you ready? here we go. ricky dobbs looking for more mids magic is instead intercepted at the goal line by brian roll. he's going the other way. if he scores, it's two points. 97 yards later, that's exactly what happens. ohio state staves off the upset 31-27. next week the mids takn o louisiana tech in indianapolis. big game in dallas between 20th ranked byu and third ranked oklahoma. in the second quarter, heisman trophy winner sam bradford
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driven to the turf. knocked down hard. check this out. oh. the shoulder right in there. he sprains his throwing shoulder. he's going to be out two to four weeks. in the fourth quarter, this play was the ball game. byu's max hall to jacobson. byu pulls off the upset 14-13 ov third ranked oklahoma. talking baseball now. top pick stephen strasburg has joined the nationals but he won't be playing any time soon. strasburg with the big team because the season on over for the minor league team he would have been on. he will be with the nats for the next few games, working out. and then he heads to the instructional league down in florida. meanwhile, last night the nats hosting florida, and they lose again. their eighth straight loss. that's the longest losing streak of the season for the nationals. livan hernandez getting the start an he was getting touched up. jorge cantu, deep to left field.
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didn't get all of it but he got a lot of it. rolls around there by the wall, the warning track for a minute. and cameron mayben scores. cantu ends up with a double. a couple of batters later, cody ross right up the gut. that's going to plate two. in comes hanley ramirez. cantu comes in to score as well. the marlins win this one easily 9-5. the nationals have now lost eight straight. that's your morning sports. i'm dan hellie. everybody have a great day. >> well, some games finish late and fans may want to look away and turn your tv sets down. a tough start to the season for virginia tech. the seventh ranked hokies fell to fifth ranked alabama last night in atlanta. virginia tech led for much of the game but the crimson tide took the lead early in the fourth quarter and were able to hold on. and maryland fans, you may be better off forgetting last night's season opener.
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ter opinions fell to cal. sweet revenge for the 12th ranked golden bears who lost last season in college park. football season is here. time now 6:56. we'll be back in two minutes with a look at the day's top stories, the forecast and news 4's "viewpoint."
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good morning, everyone. i'm keith garvin. welcome to "news 4 today" at 7 o'clock. it is sunday, september 6th, 2009. a look at the day's top store this a moment. first let's get a check of the weather with meteorologist chuck bell up in storm center 4. >> good morning to you once again, keith. a very nice morning here in the washington area but there is one -- a i mean literally one lonesome shower in the virginia piedmont. this one is sitting just to the north of downtown charlottesville, almost on top of monticello, just to the east of centersville, headed into western orange county and parts of louisa county. when i say it's the only shower out there, i mean it. there's a look at the rest of us, all high and dry first thing this morning. 67 now in washington, 61 in springfield, virginia, 61 degrees also in germantown this morning. dew points in the upper 50s to near 60. frederick, maryland, visibility down to zero. so a little bit of patchy dense fog out there.
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that won't last long. sfin this morning, clouds this afternoon but still pleasant with a high near 84. >> sounds good, chuck. thank you. a disturbing discovery in anne arundel county, severed body parts found on the banks of a creek. police have said they may be from an animal poshgs bli a bear. they searched for clues along cocky creek about an hour northeast of washington. police are looking through missing person's records but so far they have not been able to determine the identity of who or what the remains came from. dozens of people forced out of their homes in fairfax county. a fire started on the seventh floor of an apartment building on manitoba drive. three floors had to be evacuated. 60 apartments in all. the cause of the fire is under investigation. a close call at an annandale nursing home. three people were injured when a car crashed into the golden living center on columbia pike. the driver smashed into the window of a ground floor apartment. fairfax county investigators say the driver of the car and two people inside theng nsiur home went to the hospital.
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they are all expected to be okay. those are just some of the stories making news today. next is nbc4's "viewpoint." we'll be back in a few minutes with an update. >> good morning, everybody, and welcome to "viewpoint." i'm jim handly. our topic this morning, the growth that community colleges here and across the country are seeing, and our guest this morning is the president of prince george's community college, dr. charlene dukes. welcome to "viewpoint." >> thank you. thank you for having me,jim. >> great to see you again. see you every year at the blue bird blues festival. we'll talk more about that later on. but this is your third year as president, the first female president at prince george's community college. >> yes. >> you have seen a lot of exciting things happen in recent years, but let's talk about the growth first off. you're seeing some phenomenal numbers really in a lot of community colleges are. >> yes, we are. we certainly are experiencing the same expansion at prince george's community college as you've heard about across the region and across the nation.
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over the past two years, we've been expecting generally a 4% increase, and we've experienced that every year. this year classes started on monday, august 31st, and our increase was 10%. >> wow. >> so, that means that we have approximately 1,500 more students on campus this year than we had a year ago in fall of 2008. and we expect that by the time we get to the end of this fall semester, because we have classes that start at varying times. we have 15-week sessions, 12-week sessions, 8-week sessions. we expect that our enrollment will probably top out somewhere around a 15% increase. >> that's amazing. and to what do you attribute that, dr. dukes? everyone seems to be talking about the economy. some people are looking to shift careers. some people have lost jobs. >> well, i think that there are a number of things to which we can attribute that, and i think
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that probably the most telling is certainly the attention that community colleges are receiving from the obama administration. i think you add to that the economy. we are -- when you look at access and opportunity and, quite frankly, affordability, then you'll find that your local community colleges offer the best of all three. we also have great articulation agreements offering the opportunity to transfer to four-year institutions where you receive your associate degree or the number of credits you're looking to achieve, those credits will transfer with you. so, in essence, you have a two plus two kind of option there for you. you talk about career changers, people who have been in the workforce, who may for one reason or another are looking for a different kind of employment or are forced to look for employment because they've lost their jobs. the training opportunities are tremendous. so if you're looking to transfer to a four-year institution or to move into the world of work, my
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belief is that community colles are your best bet. and i've been in this business for more than 28 years, and 26 or 27 of those years have been spent in the community college movement. >> 14, in fact, at prince george's community college. >> 14 rat prince george's community college. >> talk about how many students go on to four-year programs. >> every year, we have about 38% of our students transfer to four-year institutions and some of our most popular transfer institutions are studentsend to stay regionally so they're looking at the university of maryland, college park, university of maryland-university college, bowie state university, howard university, tallsan university. those tend to be the most popular for us but our students are transferring all over the region. if you look at american, georgetown, loyola, st. mary's, you'll find a prince george's community college student at those campuses.
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>> so many to pick from. >> so many to choose from. >> we talk about the shift in the economy and perhaps jobs, too. has that shift -- i would assume -- shown up in the curriculum, too? >> oh, it's shown up in the curriculum in a variety of ways. if you look at the focus that the nation has on things like cyber security and cyber crime, we've developed new programs in the area of information assurance, information securi. we're looking at ways that we can train people on how to go into companies, corporations, businesses and help them protect identity, to help prevent hacking. and if you recall, computer hacking was a big issue several years ago. >> sure. >> certainly continues to be that. we look at things like bioterrorism so we're training people in the sciences, in biology to be very focused on those kinds of things. health care. we look at the shortage in
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health care. if you talk about nursing, health information technology, as we talk about electronical medical records, physician assistant. so we're looking at ways, too, that as people are looki to retire from those industry that we can rest assured that there's a kaud ray of well qualified students who have passed their licensure exams, proving that they are more than qualified to handle the work that's going on within our health care industry, that they are ready to take on those jobs and move into them new in our region, that they don't have to leave this washington, d.c. metropolitan area and travel elsewhere. they can get good-paying jobs that add to their quality of life right here. >> keep it all right here. and gives back to the community. >> it gives back to the community. >> that's wonderful. also want to talk about this big green forum that you hosted back in may, what auccess that was and what that means for the future, too, when we come right back after this short break with dr. dukes. si
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welcome back to "viewpoint." this morning we're talking to dr. charlene dukes, the president of prince george's community colonel lidge. dr. dukes, we mentioned back in may your school hosted a very successful forum on green stimulus jobs. talk a little bit about the future here, how the curriculum has changed with respect to green jobs and training for those jobs. >> well, you know, one of the things that we wanted to do -- and it, again, goes back to our mission of serving the needs of the community in which we reside. and as we noticed the information that was coming out through the obama administration about a real focus on the environment and renewable energies, we wanted to take an opportunity to partner with some very key organizations in prince george's county and the region and begin to really discuss ways that we could take advantage of some of the stimulus dollars that are out there and some of the competitive grant opportunities that will be there.
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so we partnered with leadership prince george's and the office of the county executive, mr. jack johnson, and we hosted a green jobs forum. what we really wanted to do was bring together the nonprofit sector, the educational sector and the business sector to determine how we might benefit from some of the dollars that will be available through the stimulus package. so, we had experts really from the maryland energy administration, from the department of labor licensing and regulations and we were able to really, really form some very strong partnerships and we are applying for grants as we sit here today. >> that's great. that is exciting. also exciting on the campus -- and i've noticed back over really the three years at the blue bird blues festival, you have a lot of growth happening at the buildings. you've got that new high tech center there. >> right, our new center for advanced technology. that certainly helps us again as we look at some of the programs
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in krib are security, but even this growing interest again in information technology and how this whole information, this information knowledge community impact how we teach and how we learn. we also, later on this fall, will break ground for a 100,000 square foot, three-story building, the center for health studies. we're very excited about that. so in addition to expanding our current programs in health care, we will add several new programs, including diagnostic sonning on raefy, melsoning on raef i and physician assistant. our aim is to improve the health community but ao provide our students with expanded opportunity to stud any those areas. we have finished a completed renovation of our library and we certainly want to invite everyone to our grand opening which will be held later in september. it's a beautiful facility, but it's also another place where our students can learn in a
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state of the art technology and using state of the art technology -- excuse me, in a very learning-centered environment. >> they're getting a lot of hands on service with the new building. >> there's no question about that. we have more than three -- four huge computer labs for our students. we understand that 80% of our students work at least 20 hours a week so they don't always have time to go to work, come to class, go home and do the things that they need to do. so we've also equipped our open labs with state of the art technology as it relates to computers and software so that they can stay on campus, get their homework done, do the research that they need to do and do it all within the comfort and the confines of the colge located in largo, maryland. >> sure. what are the most popular concentrations? something tells me that you see technology and health care as being in the future.
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is that happening now? are you seeing that now? >> those are the most popular today, but i will tell you that there are some other things that we're focusing on. one is the whole focus on s.t.m.e., science, technology, mathematics and engineering. we want to make sure our students are able to move into jobs that are really critical in the united states. teacher education to ensure that we have a cadre of people who are looking to become teachers and move into our public and private schools as we look to ensure that our students are ready, not just for grades kindergarten through 12th but for college and beyond. and thirdly, i would suggest that our other focus are in things like what we call career and technology programs -- construction, trades, truck driving. so we look at educating students across a broad spectrum of courses. those who want to move on into
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what, when i was growing up, might be called more white collar jobs but we're also looking at how do we support that servi industry? >> right. >> so, programs like hospitality. three years ago in our hospitality program, we had 75 students and 3 faculty members. today, we have more than 400 students and 23 full and part-time faculty members. >> wow. >> so that's a growing industry for us as we look at the building that's going on and the commitment that companies are making to hospitality. >> in our region especially. >> especially. >> when other sectors are hard hit, the hospitality area has not seen those hits. >> has not seen those hits. and our students are learning on our campus. they're doing internships in some of the finest hotels and restaurants across the region and we're very proud of that. >> i bet you are. all right. we will be right back with the president have prince george's community college after this break on "viewpoint." br
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good morning. back to "viewpoint" in a moment. here's a look at what's making news this morning, though. a disturbing discovery in anne arundel county. severed body parts found on the banks of a creek about an hour northeast of washington. police initially said the remains were human but have since said they may be from an animal, possibly a bear. dozens of people forced out of their homes in fairfax county. a fire started on the seventh floor of an apartment building on manitoba drive. three floors had to be evacuated. 66 apartments in all. the cause is under investigation. and a close call at an annandale nursing home. three people were injured when a car crashed into the golden living on center columbia pike. the driver smashed into the window of a ground floor apartment. fairfax county invtigators say the driver of the car and two people inside the nursing home went to the hospital. they are all expected to be okay. now back to "viewpoint."
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p welcome back to "viewpoint." our guest this morning is the president of -- the first female president of prince george's community colonel hlege, dr. ch dukes. when you hear that, it means nothing today. three years ago it was a big deal. >> three years ago iwas a big deal. i was excited about it, obviously. my colleagues at prince george's community college were excited. and, quite frankly, my family was very excited. >> i'll bet. >> so, it's been a wonderful experience. we've done so many great things over the life of the college. you know, last year we celebrated our 50th anniversary. we were inn septembered in 1958. 50 years later, we've served more than 500,000 individuals. >> wow. that's pretty amazing. 14 years, though, i mentioned you've been at the school. working in a variety of roles and certainly that has helped
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prepare you for the job that you're in now, i would think. >> oh, yes. i started at the college in 1995 as vice president for student services and in that role was very much responsible for things like admissions and financial aid and records. all of those entry-level services that students and their parents would come through as they were looking at attending college. but i also had the opportunity to probably perform a number of different tasks at the college, taking on the leadership of many add hoc committees or task forces as directed by the president because we were always looking for ways that we could serve our students better, serve our community better, serve our businesses better, serve our government better. that's very important to us. student success is our highest priority and it will remain our highest priority. >> you had talked in the beginning about the tremendous growth, and one reason has to be the fact that it makes money sense. tell us a little bit about the
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cost. >> well, community colleges tend to be at least 1/3 the cost of the next most expensive -- or the next least expensive institution within their region or their geographic location. at prince george's, our tuition is $96 per credit hour, and probably for the washington, d.c. metropolitan area that certainly represents a low cost. but what it allows you to do is -- that's all you pay. you don't pay for parking. you don't pay for the support services that we offer. i already talked about the computer labs. but we also have retention services. we have career services where we help you with resume-building, with beginning to forge a direction for yourself that will also help you as you look at one of the more than 200 academic and workforce development programs that we offer. so once you pay your tuition and there are some fees associated with that, then everything that
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we offer is yours for the giving. all you have to do is be motivated and focused in preparation for your academic or educational career. >> and it's an investment not only for your resume, which you raised, but does it translate into a boost in salary for many? >> always it translates into a boost in salary, and there are many studies out there that talk about what the salary ranges are with less than a high school diploma, a high school diploma, an associate degree, a four-year degree, a professional degree, a masters and so on. and what we know is that with every degree you attain beyond high school you're likely to earn somewhere between -- add between 5 and $10,000 per year to that salary. so, we certainly believe that the investment you make in the two-year associate degree program is well worth it in the long run. >> and when that student successfully completes the program, they are awarded. >> they are awarded associate
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degrees which are in applied science or associate degree in science or associate degree in arts. all of which will transfer if you work with us and work with our advisers to any one of the nation's more than 3,000 colleges and universities. >> well, let's talk about some of these community colleges across the country. they, too, have seen explosive growth. >> yes. >> when you look at other community colleges in our region, do you see them as competition? are you going after the same pool of students or not? >> well, you know, we really don't see ourselves as competition in the state of maryland. we are 16 community colleges, but we come together and we work in a collegial, professional manner. we are here to serve the residents of our community. so while at the borders we, you know, we border montgomery college or howard community college or the college of southern maryland and naanne arundel community college, what we do is 93% of our students are
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from prince george's county. now, some students may choose to go to those other institutions or students from those counties may choose to come to us, but it is me out of a matter of convenience. they're on their way to or from work. or because we may offer some very unique programs and there are statewide axwremts that allow students from other counties to come into our county to take a unique program, and they are only chaed the cost as though they were a prince george's county resident. so, that, too, represents a big boon to students. >> we want to talk blues when we come right back. >> all right. >> stick around and we will be right back on "viewpoint."
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we're back on "viewpoint" this sunday morning talking about another sunday, a traditional event for 17 years now, the annual blue bird blues festival. got some big acts this time. we got bobby parker, ruby hayes.
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this is exciting. draws about 15,000 people a year. >> about 15,000 people a year, and you know what's so exciting about this? that this program, this blues festival began with a grant from the myland state arts council, and 17 years later, because this is the 17th year, we have more than a dozen sponsors. certainly the office of the county executive, the -- in prince george's county, maryland national the capital park and planning commission, nbc 4 and many others are joining us on sunday, september 13th, from 12:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and it's an event that has always been and always will be freend open to the public. . which is the best of all. >> which is the best of all. >> it's not just music because you've got some amazing vendors there and incredible food. >> oh, incredible food, amazing vendors. we have a children's pavilion. so we encourage everyone who
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wants to come and hear the best of the blues to bring their families, to bring their chairs and just be prepared to spend the entire sunday afternoon with us. >> it's such a great way to unwind there. and you do see students there, but you see people from all over. >> people from all over. we have -- as a matter of fact, we've already fielded calls from people as far south as florida, as far north as maine. and many of the states in between who are calling asking about the date, what time we begin and who the acts are and letting us know that they'll be here as they have been for the last 10, 12 or 17 years. >> i've been doing it for about 12 years now, and loving every minute of it because this has been one of nbc 4's proud relationships that we have out there. >> yes. >> i do want to put up thath on t ngaioou'r nt with aing to field some more calls and a website, too. the number st clal is 302-0853. thean website is pgcc.edu.
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talk a little bit more about the acts and there's actually a tribute, too. >> there's a tribute. for' years we've had the act of cephus and wiggins with us. they fit in our queen anne stage because we have an educational part of our program that talks about the history of the blues. this year we lost john cephus so there will be a tribute to him and what he has contributed not just to this blues festival but to the whole era of blues and the history of blues. so we hope that everyone will come out and join us as we remember him and what he's contributed to this most fantastic festival. >> so much. and we do have a lot of old-timers out there. >> yes. >> but a lot of young are people are really pulled in by the blues. >> and, you know, i think they're gaining a deep appreciation for it. as you well know, t blues is the foundation of much of the music that we hear today. and we find that our students
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and other young people who are coming to the festival are really enjoying the blues. but you know what they enjoy most of all? the interaction with the entertainers. at they call the old-timers who can talk to them about what life was like for them and they see that there are very many similarities today. >> it is big, and spread out on one level, but it is also very intimate, too. >> very intimate. we've certainly enjoyed our relationship with nbc 4. we've enjoyed our relationship with you as the master of ceremonies and we're just looking forward to a great time. >> dr. charlene dukes, thanks so much for coming in this morning on "viewpoint." congratulations on all the successes at prince george's community college and we look forward to the 13th, the big day, from 12:30 to 6:00 or whenever the fun stops, right? >> that's right. >> as we say. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> good to see you. we thank you for watching "viewpoint" this sunday morning. have a great day and back to "news 4 today."
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crime scene or curiosity? what disturbing find one man made along the banks of a local creek. plus, a fire in the sky. flames seven floors up force dozens of people out of a high-rise building. and the top u.s. commander in afghanistanisiting the site of a deadly air attack that may have killed innocent civilians. what he says about it. good morning, everyone. i'm keith garvin. this is "news 4 today" on sunday, september 6th. the news in just a moment, but first we want to get you to the forecast. chuck bell is in storm center 4 this morning. chuck, how are you? >> well, you know, i'm still a little mad about the whole oklahoma thing but we can't talk at now. we don't have enough time. outside we have -- the sun is shining in downtown washington. our current temperature 67 degrees.
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it's 69 in annapolis this morning, 67 in st. mary's county, maryland, 65 in quantico, virginia. 57 degrees in culpepper. dew points again upper 50s to near 60 so still a little bit of fog around, but frederick, maryland, visibility back up to three miles. culpepper, 2 1/2 miles. what little fog is left out there will soon be gone. we'll be left with a decent amount of early day sunshine but some clouds will be building up later on this afternoon. we'll stay dry here in the washington area, might have a few more sprinkles in the mountains, keith. >> sounds good, sir. we'll talk about your sooners later. >> okay. >> in the news this morning, we are following a developing story. police in maryland are investigating a disturbing discovery, remains, possiblyanho eehe b tfan b oks of a cree man found arted anan mou t dena area of anne arundel county. dar spi sensor has the story. >> reporter: it was a bizarre and startling discovery along cocky creek in anne arundel county about an hour northeast of washington. police say it's possible that human remains were found along
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the shoreline, two feet and part of an arm, including a wrist. >> obviously, very serious situation that is being investigated as a possible homicide. we don't have an idea at this time as to who the individual is. >> reporter: but now police are having second thoughts about the discovery. they say the medical examiner will have to determine if they belong to a human or animal, possibly a bear. around 7:15 this morning, one waterfront homeowner found a severed foot along the beach. then nearly three hours later, a neighbor finds a second foot floating in the creek near his home. two and a half hours later, a natural resources officer found what appeared to be an arm. there was a massive search for additional remains. >> the anne arundel county police helicopter searched from above. we had the anne arundel county fire department use sight scan radar to search under the water. >> reporter: police say they have no idea who or what the remains belong to. they've been taken to the medical examiner's office for forensic testing. >> the issue of missing persons is certainly an obvious one and
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one that will be at the top of the investigator's list. there is no one specific person that is being sought at this mind that comes to mind as a potential victim here, but again something that will certainly be a first priority for investigators. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4. >> there are conflicting reports this morning about how many civilians a u.s. air strike in afghanistan killed. yesterday's strike targeted two nato fuel tankers that had been stolen by the taliban. according to local police in the area, at least 56 of some 70 people were in fact taliban militants. the rest appear to have been civilians who had been invited by militants to siphon off some fuel after the tankers got stuck in the mud. nato says the strike was justified but an investigation will be conducted. >> the afghan people should know that we are deeply committed to protecting them and that we will fully and immediately investigate this incident. >> general stanley mcchrystal,
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head of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan, visited some of the wounded civilians in the hospital yesterday. the suspect in a stabbing inside nationals park remains on the run. investigators say one concession worker stabbed another in the chest in the president's club during friday night's nats/marlins game. police say they know who they're looking for and they searched every exit to the stadium but the suspect got away. teecto xp y ercounty n itgceony mertyomu> ne n.wo ia ivol mawon. oliviain rsoob snrsufro ffem e. 74 -yr-d74-year-old si hdereotasnt nea b bsident has not yesterday afternoon. yesterday afternoon. weighs eighs about 110 unpo. she was l -sngloevteedhi wng sd tennis shoes.atas aru yoe ase ked toalke cl montgy montgomery police if you have any information about her whereabou whereabouts. a close call at an annandale nursing home yesterday afternoon. three people were injured when a car crashed into the golden living center on columbia pike. as you can see, the car hit a
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ground level unit, smashing a window. fairfax county investigators say the driver of the car and two people inside the nursing home were taken to the hospital. they are all expected to be okay. some good news in the fight against wildfires in california. part of the raging station fire is now under control. firefighters say they have contained about 50% of the massive fire north of los angeles. crews say the flames are no longer a threat to nearby communities since they are moving east into a large wildness area. in the meantime, investigators are trying to figure out who started the fire which has killed two firefighters and destroyed at least 76 homes. governor arnold schwarzenegger announced the state is offering a $100,000 reward to find the person responsible. metro hard at work this labor day weekend completing track repairs that forced the agency to close three of its stations. derrick ward has more on how travelers are coping with those closures. >> labor day weekend.
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>> reporter: not so fast. this traveler's trip became an odyssey as soon as she left home. >> the subway doesn't start until 7:00 on saturday. you think that it starts at 7:00 and actually the train doesn't get there until 7:25 at your stop. you're already 25 minutes late at that point. then you have to get off and change. >> reporter: translation, she missed her flight. another commuter missed her start time at work despite shuttle buses that were supposed to ferry rail riders around closed stations. >> got off the train at 10:00 at the pentagon and we watched all the buses leave, leave, king street, braddock road, pentagon, but nothing coming to the airport. i had to be here at 10:30. when i got here, i was late. >> reporter: shuttles did begin arriving as the morning progressed and some passengers were impressed with how smoothly the process went. >> it was a lot better than i expected it. i was kind of expecting a longer wait at the metro station, but the buses were pretty routinely on schedule. >> reporter: metro's replacing 2,000 feet of track and they're doing other infrastructure upgrades on the blue and yellow
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line, closing reanna n cioatl, o pe itcragd anta l d tyci stations. there were plenty of employees on hand to direct riders, most of whom didn't seem to mind. >> running perfectly on time. there were less trouble. it was okay. >> reporter: metro has undergone a round of criticism over the holiday weekend closings, but they say they saved more than $1 million in overtime fees and more than 150 days in single-tracking and that ridership is relatively light this time of year. at reagan national airport, derrick ward, news 4. >> there is word this morning that the computer system responsible for the scheduling problems at prince george's county schools has caused problems elsewhere. last week, thousands of high school students and other students missed days of classes. a logistical nightmare the superintendent called inexcusable. the problems were blamed on school max, grading and scheduling software the county started using last year. this morning "the washington
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post" is reporting that numerous other school districts have had trouble with the software as well. some districts even abandoned the software after experiencing too many problems. the school max software cost prince george's county more than $4 million. officials are reviewing their contract to see if any damages can be recovered. the redskins set their final roster and the college football season kicks off for some local schools. dan hellie has those stories and more in your sports minute. >> good morning, everybody. your sports minute begins with the redskins. the skins trimmed their roster to the final 53. there were some surprises. some local guys made the team. free agent edwin williams out of maryland makes the squad. byron westbroo who also played his high school ball at the mass, just like williams, makes the squad. and marcus mason from georgetown prep makes the final 53. the redskins cut chase daniel they put colt brennan on the injured reserve. to college football.
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the terps out in in california taking on the cal golden bears. the terps got down early by a couple of scores and they failed to rally. navy traveled to columbus, ohio, to take on ohio state. the mids almost pulled off the upset. they had a chance to tie the game with under 3 minutes to go. all they needed was a two-point conversion. instead, ricky dobbs is intercepted and brian rolle takes it all the way back the other way for a two-point score. the buckeyes win 31-27 over navy. and in baseball, the nats lose again. yes. it's their eighth in a row. livan hernandez gave up six in five innings. the nationals lose to the marlins. that's your sports minute. i'm dan hellie. everybody have a great day. >> it is now 7:40, 67 degrees outside. up next, it might be your last chance for barbecue. chuck bell has the forecast for
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your long weekend, to tell you about your chances. plus, terps gave chase but they could never quite catch up to the cal bears. highlights from maryland's season opener ahead in sports. next, there's not a -- app for this. ty
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it's just about the most popular tech toy, the apple's iphone. the phone's popularity is causing problems for people who live in big cities. the iphones have ten times more capability for downloading but that's led to more dropped calls and delayed messages. in some areas there is simply more data than the network can handle. at&t executives say they are spending $18 billion this year to fix the problem. next up is the "today" show. it starts at 8:00 after this hour of "news 4 today." lester holt is live in new york. he joins us now with a preview. good morning. >> good morning to you. coming up this morning on "today," former kidnap victim
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shawn hornbeck's words of advice for jaycee dugard. what he says helped him move on with his life. plus, what some are calling a make or break week for president obama's health care plan. there's been an overnight resignation at the white house. and a glimmer of hope on the job front. a growing and increasingly visible trend for baby boomers. why more and more of the 50 and over crowd seem to be getting tattoos. all that, plus elmo is in the house. we'll have a live interview with our friend from sesame street when jen na and i see you later on "today." >> all right. elmo. even the big kids will be excited about that. >> yeah, it will be fun. didn't do that very well, did quirk. >> that's okay. we want to see you do that later when you met elmo. thanks, lester. president obama is spending the weekend at camp david and he will need the rest. the week ahead is a big one in the ongoing health care fight.
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some members of the president's own party are pressuring him not to surrender on a public option, but others are looking to compromise and get a bill passed before it's too late. brian moore has the story. >> reporter: the fight over health care is about to shift from the home front -- >> we need affordable health care. >> reporter: -- back to the trenches in washington as lawmakers wind down their summer break. president obama is getting ready for a new public offensive leading up to his address to a joint session of congress on wednesday. white house press secretary robert gibbs tells cnbc's john harwood it's a chance to sell his plan to the house, the senate and the american people. >> we're going to use wednesday to pull together all the different parts of the plans that are out there and start this final push to get something done this year. >> reporter: the president is facing immense pressure from both sides -- democrats demanding a publicption and publicans who insist his plans are dangerously expensive. >> it's complicated. it's convoluted. it's quite simply not going to
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work. it's time to press the reset button. >> reporter: the senate finance committee's bipartisan gang of six ended the week with a 90-minute conference call but couldn't break the log jam. afterward, chairman max baucus said he was, quote, committed to getting health care reform done, done soon and done right, hinting he's ready to move on with or without republican help. brian moore, nbc news, washington. e >> be sureat tomech "he tet c for " later this anior fn exclusive interview withwhite hs dvitwhushoere adviser david axelrod who will give hise on hhlt care. tune in at 10:30 here on news 4. it is now ten -- make that 7:47. i wish it was 10:00 already. after the break, a look at the first big night in college football, plus chuck will be here with your forecast. stay tuned. he is here to give us a preview. >> i knew i was sitting here for
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something. yes, indeed, a little sunshine out there for you today but the clouds will be winning the battles as we go into your monday holiday. a detailed check of your forecast is coming right up.
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last few days have been absolutely beautiful. >> yep. >> the weekend's still going to stay nice but a few changes maybe? >> correct. we've got that big high pressure center out of canada. that brought us the sunshine for much of the week last week, and now it's been controlling our weather as we go into the weekend. but it's starting to turn our winds to the northeast and eventually to the east and thags a tricky wind direction here in the washington area. if you really want sunshine, east to northeasterly wind is not your friend. outside right now it is a beautiful morning here in washington. overnight last night, the sun wentown and as a result all those little cumulus clouds that bubbled up yesterday disappeared. they'll be back later on this afternoon, once this daytime heating takes place.
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it will bubble up the clouds once again. but for now, the sun is shining. it is 67 degrees at ronald reagan, washington national airport. dew point 60. that east wind at 5 miles per hour. sun goes down a little less than 12 hours from now, 7:30 tonight. doesn't set 7:30 or later again until april 1st of next year as our days continue to shorten here as we approach the autumnal equin equinox. temperatures around the rest of the area, 59 in frederick. 69 in annapolis. 67 degrees in leonardtown, maryland. 59 degrees in culpepper, virginia. there are -- i shouldn't say are. there is one lonely shower out here just onto the southwestern sides of orange and near madison and green county here, north of charlottesville. that is it. it's drifting ever so slowly to the east. i don't think it will live long enough to get to i-95. right around the washington area, the sun is out and the sky is clear. so we're off to a nice start around here.
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satellite picture, there is indeed that big area of high pressure now moving across portions of southern canada as it takes up shop, our east and northeasterly wind will get an increasingly large fetch of moisture off of the atlantic ocean. that moisture comes in, moves out over the -- off the relatively cool ocean and over the warm air mass. that, of course, makes the air rise. moisture going up, that turns into clouds eventually. had a couple of showers down in the southern shenandoah valley yesterday. we'll see one or two more lonely showers today, charlottesville toward harrisonburg, up into the western parts of the allegheny county mountains and also a little bit more in the way of cloud cover out on the eastern shore as well. i think right here in washington, dry today and dry tomorrow. if you're in the mountains, though, an outside chance at a sprinkle today and a little better chance tomorrow. going to the beaches, dry at the beaches today. cloudy at the beaches tomorrow with only the slightest little chance of a shower. really going to depend. if you're one of those people, the rain always finds you, it will find you tomorrow at the beaches.
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for today, though, partly sunny and cooler than it has been yesterday we made 87. today we'll make 84 in the washington area. only 79 tomorrow with the clouds really starting to thicken up a bit. here in town i do believe that our rain chances, slight as they may be, are going to hold off until tuesday and wednesday. those clouds, as long as that east to northeast wind hangs around, our sunshine will be limited. get outside. today will be the sunniest t of the next four or five days. >> in sports this morning the redskins make some moves and the return of college football. dan hellie has this morning's sports highlights. >> good morning, everybody. final cuts were yesterday for the redskins. they decided to go with just two quarterbacks on the roster, at least for now. colt brennan placed on injured reserve for the season with a variety of injuries. chase daniel was released. he could come back on the practice squad. the the redskins will enter the regular season with just jason campbell and todd collins on the active roster. receiver antwaan randle el will be the emergency third string
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quarterback. he played quarterback in college at indiana. as for the other roster moves, shaun suisham won the kicking battle, beating out dave rayner. suisham helped his cause with a 48-yard field goal against jacksonville. last year, suisham had the worst percentage in the nfl. there were surprises who made the roster. they were local guys. both of them local products. number 50 is edwin william, a former terp. he makes the team because of his versatility on the offensive line. how about 34, cornerback, byron westbrook, also played at the mass. he made the final 53 after two years on the skin's practice squad. then there's marcus mason, the georgetown prep grad makes the team as well but that wasn't really a huge surprise. most of the talk yesterday about the skins' decision to only keep two quarterbacks on the roster. vinny cerrato explains. >> we just felt like we would put one on the practice squad and we needed to carry -- basically, we put a tenth
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lineman on for that extra quarterback or you can say we put marcus mason on for the quarterback. but, you know, there's 25 slots and you have to go somewhere and you want to put your best 25, you know, on there. that's what we felt like we did. >> all right. that's vinny cerrato. folks, it could be a long season for the university of virginia, upset in their opener by william & mary 26-14. meanwhile, navy almost pulled off an upset of epic proportions. the mids in columbus, ohio, for the first time since 1931, and they put a huge scare into the buckeyes. navy head coach, a 21-point underdog. he would need quarterback ricky dobbs to play well to even have a chance, and dobbs was doing it. in the fourth, dobbs hooking up with marcus curry and this one is going the distance. 85 yards for the score. the third longest pass play in navy history. dobbs had two touchdown passes on the day.
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navy quarterbacks threw six, all of last year. so navy back in the game 29-21. under 3 minuteto go now. here he is again. dobbs keeping it himself, right up the middle. 24-yard touch. they need a two-point conversion to tie the game at 29. are you ready? here we go. ricky dobbs looking for more mids magic is instead intercepted at the goal line by brian rolle. he's going the other way. if he scores, it's two points. 97 yards later, that's exactly what happens. ohio state staves off the upset 31-27. next week the mids take louisi ia ditechinn apolin.is big game in dallas between 20th ranked byu and third ranked oklahoma. in the second quarter, heisman trophy winner sam bradford driven to the turf. knocked down hard. check this out. oh. the shoulder right in there. he sprains his throwing shoulder. he's going to be out two to four weeks. in the fourth quarter, this play was the ball game.
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byu's max hall to jacobson. wide open at the back of the end zone. byu pulls off the upset 14-13 over third ranked oklahoma. talking baseball now. top pick stephen strasburg has joined the nationals but he won't be playing any time soon. strasburg with the big team because the season is over for the minor league team he would have been on. he will be with the nats for the next few games, working out. and then he heads to the instructional league down in florida. meanwhile, last night the nats hosting florida, and they lose again. their eighth straight loss. that's the longest losing streak of the season for the nationals. livan hernandez getting the start and he was getting touched up. jorge cantu, deep to left field. didn't get all of it but he got a lot of it. rolls around there by the wall, the warning track for a minute. and cameron maybin scores. cantu ends up with a double. marlins up 1-0 on the nationals. a couple of batters later, cody ross right up the gut. that's going to plate two.
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in comes hanley ramirez. cantu comes in to sce as well. the marlins win this one easily 9-5. the nationals have now lost eight straight. that's your morning sports. i'm dan hellie. everybody have a great day. >> more college football, the crimson tide just too much for the virginia tech hokies. the game was played in atlanta. the fifth ranked tide scored early in the fourth quarter to take the lead from the seventh ranked hokies who had led for much of the game. and the maryland terrapins hope the rest of their season turns out better than last night. the terps fell to the california golden bears 52-13 in berkeley. the terps return to college park to take on james madison next weekend. some upsets out there, you know, some a heart breaks for -- >> my oklahoma team both right on the chin. >> college football season is here. 12 more games. >> i will pick oklahoma to win next week, too. >> every game, i would imagine.

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